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Brussels Hit by Multiple Blasts

At least 34 people have been killed and over 170 injured in a coordinated terrorist attack in Brussels, Belgium, earlier today.

Two blasts occurred at the departures area of Zaventem airport around 8 am local time (12.30 pm IST). One hour later, an explosion hit Maelbrook metro station, which is close to the main European Union buildings. Belgium raised the terror threat level across the country to four, the highest possible, shut down all public transport in the city and advised locals to stay indoors.

Brussels airport. Credit: Twitter

Brussels airport. Credit: Twitter

In a news conference, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel confirmed that a suicide bomber was responsible for the airport blasts, but did not confirm the number of people killed and injured. The metro operator STIB-MIVB has confirmed that 15 people were killed and 55 injured in the Maelbeek metro station blast, while some reports are claiming 13 were killed and 35 injured in the airport attack.

Cities across Europe have tightened security in the wake of the attacks.

Explosions at Brussels airport in Belgium Tuesday. Credit: PTI

Explosions at Brussels airport in Belgium Tuesday. Credit: PTI

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that an India Jet Airways crew member is among those injured, although some reports are claiming that a second crew member is also among those injured.

The attacks come four days after the capture of Salah Abdeslam, the accused logistical planner of the Paris attacks, in Brussels.

Later in the evening, the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the explosions.